Artful Dodge


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension Common

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Artful Dodge


Target creature is unblockable this turn.

Flashback U (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Artful Dodge Discussion

Uri on Pauper Pingers

1 day ago

Nice deck, but I would change some things;

  • change Cancel for Mana Leak, it's a cheaper casting cost and does virtually the same.
  • Use a Kiln Fiend. You're going to love it in this deck, trust me. If you like that kind of structure, then check out the Nivix Cyclops. If you want to run this kind of deck, use an Artful Dodge for ensuring victory.
  • consider using Gutshot and Gitaxian Probe. Both two commons that are must-have in Izzet pauper that uses instants.
  • Use a Delver of Secrets  Flip, another common that loves to be in a spell-slinger deck.
  • Ponder is also a considerable filter in your deck, same applies for Faithless Looting

Soturi on R/U Pauper

5 days ago

I could not remember the name of the terrain when I created the deck here. Thank you Anakronism. Mizzium Skin was originally from the side deck, but I changed the card Titan's Strength because cards like Lightning Bolt, Vapor Snag, Dead Weight, Vendetta and others can ruin my chance to win in Turn 3 with Immolating Souleater / Kiln Fiend + Artful Dodge / Slip Through Space +Assault Strobe->Assault Strobe + Artful Dodge + Mizzium Skin = Kiln Fiend 10/2 with doublestrike, unblockable and hexproof. I know there are cards that can stop me, but from what I saw of the decks I'm going to face, that seemed to me a better choice.

clayperce on Infinite Construct (AER)

6 days ago

Finally catching up on comments ...

oblivion234 and ArmyJM07,
Yep. I've been thinking about making a Temur build ever since this post.

Red also has Artifact hate. No more Smash to Smithereens of course, but IMO Destructive Tampering and Release the Gremlins are quite good, and Gremlin Infestation, Structural Distortion, and Ruinous Gremlin have their uses.

Sounds like a fun deck!

Sorry but neither Aqueous Form nor Artful Dodge are legal in Standard. Plus they have the same problems Slip Through Space does, from this post.

Thanks for the kudos. In actual testing (with 4x Crackdown Construct, 3x Key to the City, and 2x Trail of Evidence), I've seen Inventors' Fair in about 70% of my games, and it's triggered in about 30% of those. That's a far cry from "never" :-D

Less than 26 Lands might work, but I started there (based on this list) and have been happy with it so far.

As an aside, at some point I'm going to test a Clue-heavy build, using Mechanized Production (#Protect_Combo_Pieces #Alt_Wincon) and Tamiyo's Journal (#Find_Combo_Pieces). If I do that, I would likely increase the Investigate effects too (e.g., with Erdwal Illuminator and Confirm Suspicions)

Yeah, that could be fun. I figure half the Internet is already trying to break Saheeli and Guardian though, so I'm gonna stick to Crackdown Construct for now. For ideas on what other people are doing, I recommend checking out the Recent Decks section of the Crackdown Construct page.

Thanks everyone!

randomrarehunter on Infinite Construct (AER)

1 week ago

You could consider using Aqueous Form or Artful Dodge

Rashuff on All-You-Can-Eat Reef Worms for $4.99

1 week ago

sorry for spamming you with comments but I figured out exactly what I would do replace Chasm Skulker with 2 copies of my favorite card Future Sight which basically allows for infinite draws if you just play off of the top of your deck and 2 Artful Dodge. If you want to keep creatures and keep it aggressive you could run an illusion creature Phantasmal Image to copy Cloudfin Raptor.

Burl on Budget infect.

1 week ago


2x Cathedral of War (free pump, no more than 2 in a multi colored deck)

2x Ghost Quarter (against Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and any other 2-3 colored decks)

1x Tranquil Thicket, 1x Lonely Sandbar, 4x Evolving Wilds these thin the deck and speed things up.


4x more Distortion Strike and Slip Through Space or Artful Dodge or both, take out Rancor

Apostle's Blessing over Blossoming Defense


If you can afford Dismember it works well against major threats that could potentially kill you like Tarmagoyf and fliers.

Wild Defiance will save you against burn.

Dredge is popular so you'll also need Tormod's Crypt or Relic of Progenitus depending on your meta but they also answer Snapcaster Mage any flashback, unearth, or delve decks.

Nature's Claim is also much needed, and/or Creeping Corrosion for afinity, tron, and boggles, plus anything else that runs arts or enchants in your meta, like the silence stick decks Silent Stick.

Non budget suggestions: Noble Hierarch, Spellskite, Inkmoth Nexus, Misty Rainforest, Breeding Pool

Burl on Pauper Infect

2 weeks ago

The other thing I was going to mention: it's difficult to get infect DMG through w/o trample. If you don't like the Augur then you'll most likely need Rancor and and at least another source of trample. This is just my experience with playing Infect. If you don't like trample there is always Artful Dodge, Slip Through Space, Vapor Snag or even Apostle's Blessing; but you will need some form of evasion.

I get your reasoning for Peek over Probe.

Lotus Petal is prolly out of budget however greatly increases the chance of a T2 Victory.

Burl on UG Infect

2 weeks ago

2x Tranquil Thicket and 2-4x Lotus Petal. Thornwood Falls slows you down but I see why its in there. Count the Petals as lands and cut a few basics. 14 total lands including the Thickets, plus 4 Petals is good. The cmc is so low u can run light on lands. 18 total mana sources plus you have the 2 for 1 duals. Plenty.

Keep the Ichorclaw Myr in. That's a staple.

I like the Slip Through Space. Artful Dodge is not as good in this deck.

Brainstorm over Serum Visions. Visions forces a (potentially) unwanted card into your hand.

Llanowar Augur is another cheap trample card.


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